Takeover: foreign investment and the Australian psyche

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Event details


Date & time

Thursday 17 September 2015


Weston Theatre, Level 1, Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


David Uren, Economics Editor, The Australian; Andrew Leigh, Federal Member for Fraser and Shadow Assistant Treasurer.


Yanhong Ouyang
6125 4387

Join The Australian’s Economics Editor David Uren as he discusses his latest book Takeover (published by Black Inc.) with economist and Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh MP.

Together they’ll explore the history of foreign investment in Australia – both the economics and the politics. From the fights between the protectionists and free traders of the nineteenth century to our relationships with the US, Britain, Japan and China, and on to the rise of Google and Uber.

David argues that Australia’s economy has been built on the back of foreign capital – alone among nations advanced or emerging, Australia has been able to run deficits with the world throughout its history precisely because foreigners are so keen to invest here. Yet there is an insecurity about the source of our prosperity coming from somewhere else. Where does the national interest lie, and what issues are at stake?

David Uren is Economics Editor of The Australian. With more than 30 years’ reporting experience, he is a former editor of Business Review Weekly and the author (with Lenore Taylor) of Shitstorm: Inside Labor’s Darkest Days.

Andrew Leigh is the Federal Member for Fraser and the Shadow Assistant Treasurer. Before being elected in 2010, he was a professor of economics at The Australian National University. His books include Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires (2013) and The Economics of Just About Everything (2014). His latest book The Luck of Politics will be released in September.

This event is presented by the Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, at The Australian National University.

Copies of the book will be available for purchasing from 5pm at this event.

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